Members of Accommodation Association of Australia (AA) will vote on a proposed merger with Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) by a secret postal ballot commencing next month.
On Friday, the Fair Work Commission gave the green light to proceed to the next phase of the amalgamation to form a new peak body, Accommodation Australia.
The ballot will take place between January 16 – February 13, 2023. Following the outcome of the vote, the Fair Work Commission will make its final orders regarding the proposed amalgamation.
It’s intended that Leanne Harwood will be the inaugural President of the merged entity, with Sean Hunt Vice President, and Bruce Copland Treasurer.
Accommodation Association Interim CEO and CEO NSW and National Tourism Accommodation Australia National and NSW CEO, Michael Johnson, described it as “very exciting news.”
“The fact that the FWC process has gone as smoothly as it has is the result of the robust and detailed case developed over the past 19 months led by the amalgamation working group and supported by the AA Council and the TAA Board,” he said.
“AA members will start receiving their ballot papers and supporting communications in early January ahead of the postal ballot opening on 16 January. It is important that all eligible members vote as part of this process and return ballot papers in time for the 13 February deadline.
“As member led and member driven organisations, we are aligned on the critical importance of a new merged body with an independent board and leadership team to best represent their interests. This is more important now than ever as we rebuild after one of the most challenging trading periods ever.”
As previously reported by HM, Leanne Harwood is expected to take up the position of President of the association following an amalgamation, Sean Hunt will be Vice President, and Bruce Copland will be Treasurer.